Continue reading "UK PS3 price explained"
Well The Guardian's Steve Boxer set out to answer that question. He interviewed SCE UK managing director, Ray Maguire (you had me at hello?), who broke it down into nice easy nuggets that us unwashed masses can understand.
Last night, Conan O'Brien had tennis star Serena Williams on as a guest. Near the end of the interview he asked if she'd be up for playing a little Wii tennis. Serena graciously obliged and Conan then stripped to reveal his all white tennis outfit. I love that guy.
The match got pretty heated and you could tell neither had much time in on the Wii, but they still did pretty good. It cracked me up when Serena noticed that her Mii character was wearing her outfit from the Australian Open. You know, the Wii just keeps getting more and more press.
Continue reading "Tecmo Super Bowl...ahh, the memories"
You see, it was a simpler time. A time when graphics didn't matter and having eight plays from which to choose seemed overwhelming. A time when having the real names of NFL teams, much less the real names of the players, was something that was unheard of. And so it was with Tecmo Super Bowl. You know, if I have any regrets from college it's that I didn't play enough of this game.
It consists of a stream of all-stars and choice quotes from the likes of Jack Thompson and Joe Lieberman, people who have no clue and don't make any sense when it comes to this debate, and, in fact, do more harm than good everytime they speak on the subject.
Continue reading "Moral Kombat -- I'm angry!"
To see this, and all of the Super Bowl ads you can go to http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/postseason/superads
What's interesting is that here in Portland, we've been seeing that ad before movies at Lowe's Cinemas for at least the past half year (and also the Coke bottle through time ad). We've always thought it a good ad and are glad that it's getting a positive response.
On a side note, Portland's Wieden+Kennedy did the ad, which maybe is why they were testing it here?
From GameTrailers, here is a fun little video of some secrets in Twilight Princess. I really enjoyed controlling the Cuckoo. I must try that!
Despite my best hopes, the N-Gage found a fairy fountain and has been revived. However, it's not what you think.Continue reading "Another N-Gage?!? Noooooooo!"
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Weeeee're Baaack!!! It's only been a year and half since our last Podcast. How ever did you survive? Today, we talk about the amazing spring lineup of games including Wii Play, Crackdown, Death Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom, SSX Blur, Medal of Honor: Airborne and Vanguard, God of War 2, PoP: Rival Swords, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, and Super Paper Mario.
Then, we get into what the heck is wrong with Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA, and the Playstation 3 in general.Continue reading "LB Video Game Radio - February 8, 2007"
I wonder what the US Patent and Trademark office has for us today...doo, dee, doo...OMG!!! A Wii Phone?!? Check out this patent filed by Nintendo for the descriptive, "Electronic apparatus having game and telephone functions." Then, take a look at some of the pictures.
Also, be wary of the rash of cutsy puns we'll be sure to encounter. I'll save you the pain and just lay out some options now: nintendphone, wii-dial, call wii-ting, call mii (sounds familiar), the phone's wii-nging...well, you get the point.
Hat tip to SlipperyBrick
Sony's Playstation 3 is set to debut in Europe in March. In an effort to get some press, look like the good guys, and entice Europeans to not only buy, but to sign up for the online service, PlaystationNetwork, the first 500,000 Europeans to sign up for Playstation Network will receive a free copy of the blu-ray DVD, "James Bond Casino Royale".
I know that Allison would think this a brilliant marketing move seeing as Daniel Craig is her new boyfriend (recently added to the list of John Edwards and Richard Clark), and this may actually get her to renew her passport, still, I see this as a pre-desperation move by Sony.
Continue reading "Free Casino Royale for European PS3 onliners"
I sat down with Microsoft's new "GTA"-inspired game, "Crackdown," (Feb. 20) for about forty-five minutes yesterday and although I'm impressed, I'm not wowed. Currently, you can download the free demo from Xbox Live Marketplace.
The game is a highly stylized (think graphic novel or cel-shaded) open urban landscape. Set in the future, you play as a genetically enhanced super-cop whose abilities are purposely over-the-top. For example, as your skills increase, you'll be able to leap over tall buildings or target specific areas on an enemy's body.
Continue reading "Preview: Crackdown"
Since you're playing as a cop, you're actually on the side of the law, and it's your job to curtail the violence of three rival gangs who are taking over Pacific City. Like GTA, you can carjack any vehicle, or, more appropriately, commandeer the vehicle in the name of the law. You can also shoot just about anyone, however, if you run over or shoot too many civilians or fellow cops, the cops will come after you.
You may wonder what all of the fuss is about. Why I'm in such a fragile state of affairs. Well, you would be too if you got this press release from Nintendo today:
Nintendo of America Requests the Pleasure of Your Company at the Marriage of
on the 9th Day of April 2007
The nuptials will take place at the beginning of Super Paper Mario™, which will be available for Nintendo's hot new Wii™ home video game system. Those who wish to attend - or thwart - the ceremony will need to switch between 2-D and 3-D.
This isn't just some willy-nilly wedding. This doesn't seem forced on the part of Bowser. I mean, for God's sake, they have an official wedding announcement!!!
Continue reading "Peach to marry Bowser on April 9th...gasp!"
Um, yeah. This is so awesome! Say goodbye to my life for at least a month.
Hat tip to You Newb
"I think it's fair to say that we're going to continue to invest in that property [Viva Pinata]," Kim said. "Whether that is in the form of a sequel, a product line extension or through merchandising, whatever the case may be, that's something that we're going to stick with." Or, as Kim pointed out as a DS title.
However, Kim didn't leave the door open for titles to appear on Sony's handheld like he did with Nintendo's. " Whether you're talking about [publishing games on] mobile or the DS -- you probably won't see it on the PSP, though."
I find it pretty odd timing. Does he know that things aren't going well (or won't go well) and he doesn't want to be around when the shite hits the fan? Did he get forced out because Sony didn't think he was doing a good job and wanted to replace him as quickly as possible to save the UK launch?
Obviously, only a few people know, but is this somehow linked to the larger shake up that happened last November?Continue reading "Sony UK sales boss quits"
After a quick update and downloading the channel from the Wii Shop, I was ready to vote. You see, the channel allows you to vote on questions such as, "What is the better Valentine's Gift? Chocolate or Roses?" or "Which century would you rather live in? The 19th or the 22nd?"
After you drag your Mii into the answer you want to give, you are then given the opportunity to predict which answer will be the most popular. Over time, as Nintendo gathers data (pretty sneaky if you ask me), you'll be able to see a chart of how much you vary from the public consensus.
This is a great idea. It makes for a fun little distraction while allowing Nintendo to collect all sorts of interesting data. Let's just hope uses the data for good, and not for evil.
I vote for more Wii voting!!!
Happy Valentine's Day! To help you celebrate, Nintendo today is releasing "Wii Play," a mini-game game in the strain of "Wii Sports." You can only buy it bundled with a Wii Remote, thereby encouraging you to play with a friend...or that special someone.
If you don't have a special someone with which to play, well, I'm sure that it's still fun by yourself. Just take it easy with the vodka...I've been meaning to say something...
For more fun geeky valentines, check out 4 color rebellion.
I was at EB Games on Monday and asked if they had any in yet. They said Wednesday, but said they'd be hard to come by so I might want to pre-order it. Because of my knee-jerk reaction to anybody trying to sell me anything, and the fact that EB always says things are hard to come by, I said no thanks.
Upon getting home, Allison asked, "why didn't you preorder it?" Good point. We had store credit there and we knew we were going to buy it. I didn't have an answer, but thought I wouldn't have any problem getting it today.
Boy was I wrong.Continue reading "Wii Play very hard to find"
Allison pointed me to this blog post about a customer's experience with Nintendo's customer service.
It goes something like this: Hi, my Wii is broken. Oh, you live in Redmond (Nintendo HQ). Just bring it in. Half an hour later, after playing Nintendo games in the waiting room, Wii fixed, new warranty, everybody really nice.
Obviously, to get that warm fuzzy feeling, you should probably read the bloggers entire post and check out the pictures on the right side of her blog.
Oh, and Sony, you may want to take note of this. The unbelieveable amount of free internet press this story is getting right now (was #1 on Digg and Reddit...now in top 5) is worth a million bucks. Instead of paying bloggers to make fake sites, why don't you just make nice with the consumer and offer really good customer service? It's invaluable.
When Capcom's Clover Studio shuttered its windows last October creativity wept and I wrote two haikus. Today, those tears of sorrow have turned into tears of joy with the revelation that Clover Studio has reorganized into Seeds Studio.
The new studio is headed by "Viewtiful Joe" producer, Atsushi Inaba, and "Devil May Cry" director, Hideki Kamiya, with help from "Resident Evil" creator, Shinji Mikami. The three, while at Clover, were responsible for the critically acclaimed game, "Okami".
In the long tradition of Lunabean Haikus, here is my take on the new studio...Continue reading "Clover Studio vets plant Seeds"
"What I will tell you about 'Metroid' is that 'Metroid' will be fabulous," he said. "I think it's fair to say that all of us were disappointed with the sales of 'Metroid Prime 2,' [the game's developer] Retro included. The focus on 'Prime 3' is to make that the stellar game for a first-person experience on the platform. ... What that means is we're going to make sure it's perfect when we launch it. I think this is one where your readers — the fans of Nintendo, the core gamer — need to recognize that when we release it, it will be perfect. And if that's a little later than folks would have liked, I'm hoping they're going to be happy.
'Crackdown,' Microsoft's answer to 'Grand Theft Auto,' hits streets tomorrow in the US. Besides the huge open world gameplay and slick graphics, the real draw behind this game is that it contains an invite to become a 'Halo 3' multiplayer beta tester; the disc itself serves as the key to unlock the downloadable 'Halo 3' content although there's no word yet when that will be.
I just hit my local Game Crazy to reserve a copy of the game. You can read my Crackdown preview to get an idea of what to expect from the game.
Happy Crackdown eve!
In this case, it's Tim Winter, of the Indianapolis Star, who in his column Retailers keep selling to kids, so we need video-game law, starts off with the classic line, "It is no exaggeration to say that video games can help create killers."
After that, the column devolves into misleading statement after statement, essentially saying that there is conclusive proof that violent games turn kids into murderers and that a 10-year old can walk into any store and buy an AO (adult only) game. Wow. Just wow.
We've all heard the stories of PS3s, rotting away on the store shelves of the major big box stores. Usually, some blogger will snap a pic of a dozen or so PS3s sitting in Best Buy, or from personal experience, we'll see three or four PS3s sitting around in Circuit City or Fred Meyer.
Yesterday, however, was simply amazing. As we walked into Fry's Electronics in Wilsonville, Ore., we were presented with a pallet of PS3s. That right, a pallet. Allison did a quick count and concluded that there were about 70 or so units sitting on that pallet.
That is the most we've every heard of, sitting around, waiting to be purchased. It's simply shocking...
Another pic, after the break...Continue reading "Pallet of PS3s at Fry's"
The other day, Sony announced the specs for the European PS3 launch and much to the dismay of many a European, the Emotion Engine, the chip that's inside every PS2, is not inside the PS3, as it is for the US and Japan PS3.
The Emotion Engine chip allows for a hardware-based backwards compatibility. In other words, you could stick any PS2 game into the PS3 and it would play.
Continue reading "Europe PS3s have no emotion engine"
That is no longer that case as the European PS3s will have to use software emulation to play PS2 games (much like the Xbox 360 does to play Xbox games). The list of PS2 games is very limited, according to the press release, and although Sony has a list of backwards compatible PS2 games, it won't be updated until launch day. Bastards!
In addition to "OoT", Nintendo today released "Bio-Hazard Battle" (Sega Genesis) and "Chew Man Fu" (TurboGrafx16).
Have a happy Zelda day!!!
When an angry Gamespot employee goes off on a message board you'd assume that his anger would be directed at the company. It's not. The anger is directed at you, the consumer.
While I can understand the frustration associated with customers who don't know an Xbox 360 from a Wii, it's kind of the employees' job to answer these types of questions. I have therefore deemed said Gamespot employee a Whiny Ass Titty Baby, a phrase heard regularly on The Sam Seder Show.
It is for this reason that I truly enjoy the counter-point to the Gamespot employee, written by an intelligent and thoughtful person who points out that all retail sucks.
Hey, try waiting tables for five years in order to get your strategy guide business off the ground!
Remember the Comedy Central Wii-a-day giveaway this past Thanksgiving? Well, the grand prize was a custom Scion xB, decked out in a Wii paint job and customized with all sorts of electronic gadgetry.
Well, that very car is up on eBay. I want it so bad!!!
Aside from being a nearly-new Scion xB, which I have actually grown to like, it is decked out with four LCD screens, a killer stereo, a custom interior, and it only has 337 miles on it. It is just too good to be true.
If anybody wants to buy it for me, I'll fly to PA and drive it back to Oregon. Nintendo? Care to document my cross-country trip? Hmm? It'd be just like your commercials. Call me.
I am pleased to announce the Lunbean 'Crackdown' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is in progress.
So far, I have explained the basics of gameplay and today I will get into the meat of the game. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to post them on the 'Crackdown' help thread on the LB Nation Message Boards.
Check back often for updates!
Yesterday, I told you about the whiny Gamestop employee who went off on a tirade against the gaming public.
Today, I offer you nine insider game store secrets, which aren't really ground breaking, but do offer a nice overall view of the ins and outs of gaming retail.